MORROW COUNTY — An investigation that started in the summer of 2016 resulted in 21 indictments for drug trafficking and the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office began executing arrest warrants on Wednesday morning.

The warrants were issued by the Morrow County Grand Jury on Feb. 23.

“The importance of these indictments is that we, the local law enforcement community, have noticed that there is a strong connection between the burglaries and drug use in this community,” said Morrow County Sheriff John Hinton. “Thus, it is our hope that by aggressively pursuing the drug traffickers we will drive the illicit drug trade from our county and that this will ultimately reduce the number of property crimes in our county.”

The individuals that have been arrested include Jakob Swango and Paris Justice, burglary; Shannon Waterhouse and Timothy Nelson, aggravated trafficking in drugs; Johnnie Martinez, offenses involving counterfeit controlled substances; Christopher Sowash, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs; Justin Coleman, Edward Eebersole, Crystal Deland, Elizabeth Gale, Tanner Depolo and James Grimmett Jr., trafficking in drugs; Smitty Gayheart and Troy Spaulding, complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs.

“The mission of the Sheriff’s Office is to make Morrow County a safe haven where our citizens can raise their families and live without fear,” Hinton said. “To those who think that Morrow County is a safe haven for drug manufacturing, trafficking or use, be mindful that you will be aggressively pursued by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.

“Also, at this time I would like to thank our detectives for their hard work on these cases. I would also like to thank Sheriff Scott Kent of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Dave Shaffer of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Cardington Police Department.”

In addition to those individuals the sheriff’s office is actively pursuing the following: Tiffany Randolph, Trenton Williams, Melissa Hunt, William Poppell, Karen Sheets, Mark Myers Jr., Charleen Brasseur and William Keil.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of these individuals, they are asked to call the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office at 419-946-4444.

“Do not try to detain or apprehend these individuals on your own,” Hinton said.

For those individuals that have been arrested those cases are now in the hands of the Morrow County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morrow County Court of Common Pleas.



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